Beaujolais Wine

Beaujolais

Beaujolais lies roughly in the southeast quarter of France, between Burgundy to the north and the Rhone to the south. It is very close to the city of Lyon, which during the late middle ages was home to many silk merchants. For a while Beaujolais itself was also a famous textile center. Its name comes from the house of Beaujeu, a noble family of the region first mentioned in the 900s.

Prior to becoming a textile center however, the Beaujolais region was a wine-producing area. Vineyards have been found that date to Roman times. From that point through most of the middle ages, gamay and pinot noir were planted throughout the Beaujolais and Burgundy areas. Gamay produced larger grapes and some people felt that it also produced a less concentrated wine. Therefore, in 1395 Phillip the Bold of Burgundy decreed that only pinot noir was to be planted in Burgundy and the gamay vines were to be pulled out. Because the Beaujolais region was not under his authority, the gamay was left alone there Read more »

Varietals Produced in Beaujolais View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Subregions of Beaujolais

  • Brouilly

      Brouilly is the largest of the crus of Beaujolais. Like the others, it is located on the h...

  • Saint-amour

    Local lore suggest that this region was named after a Roman soldier (St. Amateur) who converted t...

  • Beaujolais Nouveau

    Beaujolais Nouveau is a style of young, fresh wine produced in the Beaujolais region, adjacent ...

  • Beaujolais-villages

      Beaujolais-Villages comes from the higher-quality vineyards in the hilly, northern part of...

  • Beaujolais-villages Nouveau

Popular Wineries in Beaujolais View all

  • Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud

    I’m stated my job in 1989, after obtaining my diploma in oenology and wine-growing. My estate is...

  • Château de Juliénas

    In the 13th century, on the site of today's castle stood a fortified house belonging to the lord ...

  • Chateau de Lacarelle

    The château of Lacarelle is the one of the oldest castel of Beaujolais. It groups together 138 he...

  • Chantal et Éric Coudert-Appert

    Our estate covers a surface area of 8.40Ha (nearly 21 acres) of Fleurie and Chiroubles appellatio...

  • Domaine Emile Cheysson

    The vines for the most widespread of the Beaujolais Crus form a skirt around the foot of Mont Bro...

  • Château De La Chaize

    In 1667 François de La Chaize d'Aix, Captain of the Lyon Regiment, and later Seneschal of Lyon, p...

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Thanks so much for the response. However, not quite the answer I was hoping ... bad place to start. I choose Beaujolais because it's fairly small compared to Burgundy, Bordeaux and other regions. With time, I should be able to wrap my head around the region and Gamay. My first bottle was a Morgon Jean Paul Brun. My friends and I enjoyed it ver... Read More

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  • You got it - the terms are loosely thrown around and you're supposed to use ... good choice to start with Beaujolais as well. Prices are great and it's a very good intro to terroir. Find wines from the same producer and taste his or her  various crus side by side. Do it with a few producers and see if you can distinguish one cru from another. T... Read More

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  • I've been watching some YouTube videos of Sommeliers participating in a ... starting in the old world: Beaujolais, France. My intention is to hop around from appellation to appellation and build a wine memory of those regions. I am writing down my descriptions of the wine to develop a palate memory. A system would help to build some consistenc... Read More

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  • This afternoon was this:Laman Blanco Joven Airén NV (SnoothRank: ... was Coq au Vin; Bourgogne or Beaujolais. So, what are your criteria for wines and cookin Read More

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  • Mark - barrels are a whole subject unto themselves. The go-to guy for info ... ... ... barrel, also used in Beaujolais, is called a pièce. But in France they also call them barriques, so there you are. Americans tend to think of them only as the barrique bordelaise, but as Fox pointed out, that's not strictly true as the translation doesn't h... Read More

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  • Fun old thread.But as to Snoother 1689608, well, pretty much everything was ... ... everyday wines and young Beaujolais), a really good one 7-10 years, and the finest may last 30 years. After that the corks should be replaced by new ones.As OT already pointed out, there’s TCA and age have nothing to do with each other.But what does a "single v... Read More

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  • As a wine collector  for 50 years with over 2,000 bottles in my cellar, ... ... everyday wines and young Beaujolais), a really good one 7-10 years, and the finest may last 30 years. After that the corks should be replaced by new ones.I found 24 half bottles of 1961 - (^) Ch la Lagune one of the greatest vintages eve, and 1970, Ch Kirwan and Ly... Read More

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  • I have been a bit disconnected from the fraternity/sorority of late, but wonder about some of your locations. I had heard about a move, but are you (Greg T) now out west (which, as we know, is the best...)?This may make a winter trip easier, e.g....Z. Read More

    Forum post in the topic In need of Cru Beaujolais advice


  • Jon - the place is available, albeit sparsely furnished. But I have plenty of glasses and I've done that tasting many times. Not actually w Dubouef, but with wines from the various crus. It's usually interesting and informative and I have yet to ID each one with 100 pct accuracy, so until I can do that, I want to keep trying.I can scrounge some ... Read More

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  • See if you can find Chiroubles or Morgon from Eric Morin because he is also a ... also a good producer of Cro Beaujolais in my experien Read More

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